When this writer internalized that the Das Awkscht Fescht event would be a neutral site for Checker fans to meet post litigation, a certain uneasiness hit the pit of my stomach. How would the event go, would it be ugly, would a rumble erupt? Would we sit in our respective corners? How would it play out?
By mid morning 8 Checker arrived, and it was split evenly for both camp, 4 ICTA and 4 CCCofA. The air was tense, but then something strange happened, we all had fun! Thankfully we all agree that it’s time to move forward and enjoy our hobby. We all hope that over time the bad feelings will fade away and we can have more events like Das Awkscht Fescht.
For 54 years, Das Awkscht Fescht has been a summer tradition for all ages. Offering three fun-packed days in the great outdoors, it’s been a perfect way for families to celebrate summer and see some of the finest antique cars from the east coast.
On Sunday At 8 AM Christian Hutter and his son Gavin arrived in their pristine A11 was parked and ready for show. Marjorie and Bruce Uhrich made the drive from Philadelphia in their stunning 1956 Checker Model A8 Standard. Michael Pincus arrived mid morning with his original NYC Checker A11. A 300 miles round trip with no a/c and in a car with 1.25 million miles is a long ride is a challenge but the “world famous 707A maded the trip in fine order.
The Beebe’s of Morganstown, Pennsylvania, arrived in their stunning Checker. Painted in a pretty dark forest green, the Beebe Checker is quite striking. Jim Rogers & Nicole Rogers arrived with their family in their classic NYC A11. Best described as war torn, the Rogers A11 is always a crowd pleaser.
George Lukas made it up from Virginia in a pretty blue 1970 A12, his second Checker, George bought his first Checker in 1960! Later in the morning Tony Mattern arrived in his 1967 Checker A12 followed by Ed Fox with his unique A12. The Fox Checker is quipped with the extremely rare broadcloth option. Ed’s Checker has a total of 43K original miles, its barely broken in!
Longtime Checker enthusiast Bill Hossfield and his wife made it to the event. Bill is a walking encyclopedia on Checkers. Victor Coiro paid a visit too, this year he parked his 56 Plymouth on the field, but hung out with the cool Checker folks.
Sadly the founder of the Checker Car Club Don McHenry was not able to show due to his advance aged. All missed Don and his originally purchased new 1960 Checker Model A12W wagon. At 95 Don is in great health, but is no longer able to drive.
A first for the ICTA, we actually broadcasted a series of videos live to Facebook this year. Here are the links to the videos, to view you have to be a member of the ICTA Facebook Group.
One of the better events, we hope 2017 will be a year of expanded regional activities. Coming up August 18th the 19th the Checkers Rocking Rockford event.
For more information about the Checker’s at Auburn event please take a look at our blog for show schedule information